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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Children respond to the question “Why are Grandparents Important?”

June 22, 2017
Guest blog by Robb Dunham When I first considered this question and its all-encompassing answers, I thought do my answers make a difference. I would spell out the standard (and good) answers, such as being the number 2 influence in grandchildren’s lives, caregivers, an endless source of love, servant/leaders of the family, a firm foundation during troubling times, passing on a legacy of faith… But then I thought I should go to the real experts regarding the importance of grandparents. The one’s who know grandparents significance firsthand. For who knows how important grandparents are, on an authentic, practical level, more than the grandKIDS? So I composed a little, very unscientific survey questionnaire designed for elementary-aged children. We did not specify whether grandparents had frequent access to the grandchildren, so answers do not reflect this. Craig Wilson, children’s pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church, Longmont, CO., enthusiastically shared this questionnaire with the kids from 2nd grade through 5th grade. We received some very revealing responses. I was surprised that only a few of the answers were what we might expect that their grandparents spoil them in some way. What follows are highlights of some of the questions and some of the replies, along with my thoughts regarding the importance of our role as grandparents.  What do you like to do with your grandparents?  “Make cookies.” “Watch TV, sleep over at their house.” “Go shopping, go out to eat and spend the night.” “Go to the movies, play games, go to the park.” “I like to talk with them.” “Play board games and go get coffee.” “Play.” “Take bike rides.” “She (grandmother) is very fun.” “Swim in their pool.” “Go on walks.” Surprisingly, very few responses would fall into the “spoiling” category. But nearly every response indicated a relationship building activity. “I like to talk with them.” In what ways do your grandparents make you feel special?   “They are nice to me and love me.” “They spend time with me.” “They do nice things for me.” “They always tell me how great I am.” “They are nice to me and love me.” “They tell me (I’m special) every day.” “They baby me.” “They love me and take care of me.” “She (grandmother) spoils me.” “When I make a right or wrong decision.” “Give me lots of stuff.” “Other people may not have them” (they are exclusively theirs). Very few responses would indicate typical expectations – spoiling, give me stuff, and baby me. Most responses mention thoughts regarding the love they feel from their grandparents. Again, the children are speaking of the strength of the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. One apparently is talking about unconditional love – “When I make a right or wrong decision.” How do you feel when you are with your grandparents?   As with several of the questions, the children may have given more than one response. 2/3 said “Happy”; “I feel comfortable when they are around me.” 1/3 said “Special.” Several stated that they feel loved. Other responses were

Pray your Grandchildren will Learn to Control their Tongue

June 19, 2017
Pray your grandchildren will learn to control their tongue; it will prevent them from getting into trouble. Learning to get along with one’s siblings is a good place to learn to get along with others. It is often the hardest to control the tongue, within a family setting and the lies come so easy. Psalm 34:11-14 New Living Translation (NLT) Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord. Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies! Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.  Proverbs 12:18 New Living Translation (NLT)                Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.                                            Just by joining the mailing list on the right side of this page for grandparenting blogs and prayer suggestions and I will send you a free downloadable copy of “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.” Many grandparents have found them helpful to pray for my grandchildren. By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenrting Network    

Grandfathers – Spiritual Warriors

June 15, 2017
Grandfathers – Spiritual Warriors   Guest Blog by Cavin Harper Pray for Protection and Victory in the Battlefields of Life “Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the whole armor of God so that you may take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10, 11). A grandfather understands the nature of warfare and that our grandchildren are prime targets for the enemy who is seeking to devour them (and us). Gentlemen, we are soldiers engaged in the battlefield of war for the hearts, minds, and souls of our grandchildren. If we fail to engage in battle, then we set the enemy loose to do whatever he wants with our children and grandchildren. Our grandchildren need grandfathers who are real soldiers—soldiers who understand they are not on vacation but at war. Men who grasp their calling committed to fulfilling it and pleasing our Commanding Officer (Christ). Men who have learned how to endure hardship with courage and faith, and clothed themselves with the full armor of God and are engaged in fervent prayer on their grandchildren’s behalf. Such soldier grandfathers will pray that for their grandchildren to grow strong in their walk with the Lord. They will pray for and show them the importance of the armor of God to stand firm against schemes of the devil who will tempt them to lie, to cheat, to disobey their parents, and to follow all the ways of the world. The enemy is cunning, deceptive, and powerful. He will do everything he can to distract our grandchildren from walking with the Lord and seek, instead, to gratify the sinful desires of the flesh.  Grandfathers, pray that your grandchildren will: Recognize the deception of the world and resist temptation. Gird themselves with the belt of truth (God’s Word) and stand firm in the truth Take up the shield of faith so that they may stand firm against and extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Put on the helmet of salvation by the Holy Spirit will guard their hearts and minds, and fill them with hope and courage to live life to the fullest in Christ Jesus, their Lord, and Savior. Be alert, self-controlled, and firm in faith—faith in God and the work of Christ on the Cross. Persevere and endure hardship in the face of hostility and ignorance. One final thought for grandfathers… Men, soldiers are not supposed to fight the battle alone. They fight as a company or platoon, part of unit watching out for each other’s back. The Scriptures are clear as well that we are to fight this battle as a unit—we are the body of Christ. I urge you, therefore, to band with two, three, or more brothers who will stand shoulder to shoulder with you, and you with them, to do battle for the hearts and minds of our grandchildren (and children). A band of righteous men gathered to pray is a powerful force against our enemy. Decide right now

Experience the Adventure of Walking with Jesus

June 12, 2017
 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children, (grandchildren, and great-grandchildren) are walking in the truth.” III John 1:4 NIV “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you (your grandchildren).” I Samuel 12:23 Prayer Dear Lord, thank you for my family. Give me a greater passion to pray for them. Satan is seeking to destroy our families; however, help me to be intentional in my praying for them. May all those generations who come after us find us faithful? In Jesus’ name, Amen. I have developed “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” that many grandparents have found helpful to pray for my grandchildren. Just by joining the mailing list on the right side of this page for grandparenting blogs and prayer suggestions and I will send you a free downloadable copy of “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.”   By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net  

Incredible Blessings Resulted in Standing in the Gap with Prayer

June 7, 2017
Have you thought about standing in the gap for children other than your grandchildren with a prayer? God placed a family into our lives that needed praying parents and grandparents many years ago, and it has been a great blessing. There may be children in your church or acquaintances who do not have praying grandparents. God may ask you to pray for a family or children; it will enlarge your family. Leslie Needham Johnson was about two years old when my husband and I started befriending her family. She writes the following story. I hope it will encourage you to stand in the gap for some children who are not your grandchildren. I’ve never felt like a surrogate regarding the way John and Lillian have shown love to me. For as long as I remember I have had three sets of grandparents. The place in my heart where I hold my deceased grandparents is the same location I hold my Papa John and Mama Lil. I have so many fond memories with my grandparents, and just the same with my “surrogate grandparents,” although it feels funny to call them that. They say, “it takes a village to raise a child, ” and my grandparents took that to heart. They took it so seriously that most of my friends don’t even know that there is no blood relation. It is funny because often in the Christian community we hear people say, “He/She must have had a praying grandmother” when a young man/woman turns out to have the heart for the Lord. I can say that a large part of my heart for God is directly connected to the presence of Papa John and Mama Lil in my life. Not only as people who pray for me but also as grandparents who are consistent in my life. The love God has for us has been demonstrated well through the love these people have shown my family and me. When I look back over my life, I see my Papa John and Mama Lil, never missing the big things and fully enjoying the little things. One of my favorite childhood memories includes them. We would have “family” dinners where we would go to their house, or they would come to ours. These meals consisted of 3 of my favorite things, Mama Lil salad (which I now include in my family recipes and make for my husband), yummy cookies, and the best of all Papa John “measuring” how much I learned in school that day. He would tell me to put my arms straight down, and he would pick me up by my fists and see if my brain was heavier than last time. I loved this so much that I made him do it until I was too big, and probably much too old. Then I was jealous when my two younger brothers could still be measured and I couldn’t. This past year on my wedding day I was especially blessed to have

Are you Committed to pray for your dear Grandkids?

June 5, 2017
“The earnest prayer of a righteous grandparent (person) has great power                                                        and produces wonderful results” James 5:16c. I recently read on the American Grandparenting Association website Surprising Facts about grandparents that only 66% of grandparents have never celebrated grandparents’ day. This year will you celebrate with thousands of grandparents throughout the world by intentionally praying for your grandchildren on National Grandparents Day? Christian Grandparenting Network believes grandparents can make a difference in the lives of our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with intnentionl prayer. Therefore they are making the National Grandparents Day a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 10, 2017. Check out http://www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer Diretor for Christian Grandparenting Network., lpenner@christiangrandparenting.com